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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents....

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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents. Chrysler refused to recall the Jeeps when the NHTSA first asked. Chrysler has now had a change of heart and has agreed to recall 2.7 million SUVs.

The fire issue with certain Jeep models has been linked to 51 deaths from post-crash fires. I can only imagine the liability that Chrysler will be open to if a defect in the vehicle's design is linked specifically to those 51 deaths. Chrysler has announced a voluntary campaign to repair certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles with fuel tanks that are mounted behind the rear axles.

On June 4, Chrysler refused to institute the recall when originally requested by the NHTSA. At the time, Chrysler said that the vehicles did not pose a safety risk. However, the NHTSA has the legal authority to force a recall and apparently, Chrysler realized that one way or the other it would be forced to recall the vehicles. Chrysler still maintains its vehicles are safe and well designed. “Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles,” the company said.

 
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4 days ago

Mopar Offers Sneak Peek At 2014 SEMA Concepts, Includes Viper ACR, Poison Dart R/T

Oct 14 2014 4:55pm CDT | Source: Motor Authority

The tunerstravaganza that is the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual show (SEMA) will soon be upon us, running November 4-7 in Las Vegas. Among the first of the major manufacturers to preview its full onslaught for the show, Chrysler today gives us a sneak peek at several ...
Source: Motor Authority   Full article at: Motor Authority
 

 
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4 days ago

Chrysler teases 11 MOPAR-ized vehicles for SEMA

Oct 14 2014 3:20pm CDT | Source: World Car Fans

Chrysler has announced plans to introduce a variety of MOPAR-ized models at SEMA. ...
Source: World Car Fans   Full article at: World Car Fans
 

 
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4 days ago

Mazda2 nets Japan Car of the Year, Cherokee first US model to ever crack top 10

Oct 14 2014 3:05pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Budget, SUV, Japan, Hatchback, Jeep, Mazda, Off-Road The 2015 Mazda2 is quite high up on our must-drive list. Yes, the teeny, tiny successor to the 100-horsepower five-door is worth getting excited over, largely because the previous generation was one of the absolute best smiles-per-dollar values on the market. While we eagerly await for our opportunity to take to the 2's helm, our expectations of the new car have just been heightened thanks ...
Source: Autoblog   Full article at: Autoblog
 

 
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4 days ago

Would Canada welcome back pioneering Citroen?

Oct 14 2014 2:26pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Think about the high-tech features in modern cars today: headlights that turn with the steering to provide better visibility in corners; height-adjustable suspension; rain-sensing wipers; variable-assist power steering. For these now-common features, you can thank French automaker Citroen, which introduced them to the mass-market automobile marketplace decades ago. The Citroen DS, introduced in the mid-1950s, was the brand’s true technolo ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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5 days ago

Sergio Marchionne Promises Not to Screw Up Ferrari, Plans to Increase Production

Oct 14 2014 1:29pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Whew, what a relief: Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has told CNBC that Ferrari, which is now under his direct control, “is in good hands with FCA,” adding, “As long as we don’t screw up the DNA of Ferrari.” The worry among Ferraristi is that Sergio, coming from the world of mass production, would try and go all Lamborghini on the prancing horse and expand production to meet ever-growing demand ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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5 days ago

Chrysler recalling Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs over wiring issue

Oct 14 2014 12:36pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. Chrysler says a short circuit in the restraint control module could cause the air bag warning lamps to illuminate. If that happens, the air bags and seat belt pretensioners may not work. ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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5 days ago

LaSorda's VC firm adds Zetsche, Magna to 2nd investment fund

Oct 14 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Automotive News

Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, says his venture-capital firm has begun making investments out of its second fund, which he said raised almost $10 million and has added Daimler Chairma ...
Source: Automotive News   Full article at: Automotive News
 

 
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Recalled: Electrical Flaw Could Affect Airbags, Seatbelts

Oct 14 2014 9:35am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

Early this morning -- the day after Chrysler returned to the world's stock exchanges -- the automaker issued a recall for 2014 models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. According to a press release, an electrical glitch may wreak havoc on those vehicles' safety systems, potentially disabling airbags and safet ...
Source: The Car Connection   Full article at: The Car Connection
 

 
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5 days ago

Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Oct 14 2014 9:25am CDT | Source: Cars.com

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 127,000 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs The Problem: The occupant restraint control system may exhibit an internal short circuit; this could cause airbag warning lamps to illuminate, a signal that supplemental restraint systems such as airbags and seat belt pretensioners may be disabled. Chrysler said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the issue. The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and advise them when they can s ...
Source: Cars.com   Full article at: Cars.com
 

 
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5 days ago

2015 Ford F-150 named Truck of Texas, Lincoln and Jeep also awarded at Truck Rodeo

Oct 14 2014 8:37am CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: SUV, Truck, Crossover, Ford, Jeep, Lincoln The Ford Motor Company has a lot of reasons to celebrate after winning eight categories in this year's Texas Auto Writers Association's annual Truck Rodeo. Most important among them, the Blue Oval's latest 2015 Ford F-150 earned the prestigious Truck of Texas award, ending the Ram 1500's two-year winning streak. The 2015 Lincoln MKC also grabbed the honor as the CUV of Texas, and Fo ...
Source: Autoblog   Full article at: Autoblog
 

 

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